Jacob I. Griffith, MSc

I am a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel using isotopic proxies to recreate human migration, mobility patterns and landscape use in Europe.  I completed a Master’s degree (with Distinction) in Archaeological Science at Cardiff University (2019), supported by Cardiff University Master’s Excellence Scholarship.  My thesis trialled mixed enamel and dentine sequential sampling on cattle dentition, to recreate an isotopic biography (C, N & O) of each individual. The results enabled conclusions to be drawn on human mediated weaning ages, transhumance and birth seasonality; the full study being published in 2020. I aim to utilise this expertise within the LUMIERE project, by investigating the potential for mixed dentine/enamel sequential isotopic analyses on human dentition.

I am passionate about outreach and impact in archaeology.  I believe it is crucial that archaeological study is accessible to the wider public and over the last 5 years have been involved in many outreach programmes with Guerilla Archaeology.  I plan to bring my enthusiasm for outreach into this project and present new knowledge of our shared European heritage on the wider public stage.

Photo credit: Chris Chucas. 

Background

  • MSc Archaeological Science, Cardiff University 2019
  • BSc Archaeology, Cardiff University 2016

Key Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Isotopic Analyses (C, N, O, S, Sr)
  • Sequential Isotopic Analysis
  • Dentine & Enamel Formation
  • Public Outreach & Engagement

Main Publications

  • Griffith, J. I. & Mulville, J. Sequential multi-isotopic analysis of Norse Cattle teeth. In: Sharples, N. The Economy of a Norse Settlement in the Outer Hebrides Excavations at Mounds 2 and 2A, Bornais, South Uist. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2020.
  • Mulville, J. & Griffith, J. I. Does anyone know? 20 years of ZOOARCH and zooarchaeology. ICAZ Newsletter 21, 62-66, 2020.

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